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Neil deGrasse Tyson Goes on a Scientific Journey Through Our Favorite Films in "An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies," November 30, 2016

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Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist @neiltyson comes to the @KimmelCenter to discuss the science behind (and in) our favorite movies! 11/30

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, September 21, 2016) –– Neil deGrasse Tyson, the man who made science cool again and People Magazine’s 2000 “sexiest astrophysicist alive,” comes to the Academy of Music November 30, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. for An Astrophysicist Goes to The Movies. From Star Wars to Frozen to The Martian, Tyson will provide an entertaining review of the science from our favorite movies – what they got right, and what they got wrong. Throughout the night, Tyson will take a deeper look at some of Hollywood’s most-popular modern-day films, as well as some classics that audiences may not have known had any science in them at all!

“Neil deGrasse Tyson has a knack for taking the complex and making it relatable to audiences of all kinds,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Brilliantly intertwining cinema with science, Neil will take the audience on a journey through space and time using films that we know and love.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist and popularizer of science, frequently gives talks across the country and is a media favorite whenever there is an important science issue making news. Tyson is known for his ability to make difficult concepts accessible to every audience, his oratory skills, and his sense of humor. Throughout his career, he has made appearances on such shows as Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show. Tyson served as the executive editor and on-camera host and narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, which won four Emmy® Awards, a Peabody Award, two Critics Choice awards, as well as dozens of other industry recognitions. Tyson hosts his own podcast, Star Talk Radio, a science-based talk show that features comedic co-hosts focusing on astronomy, physics, and everything one would want to know about the universe.

Other upcoming performances on the Kimmel Center Campus include Steven Martin & Martin Short (October 28 -29, 2016, Academy of Music), Hasan Minhaj (December 2, 2016, Perelman Theater), The Second City Live: We’re All in This Room Together (February 3 – February 4, 2016, Perelman Theater), and Carol Burnett: An Evening of Laughter and Reflection (April 11, 2017, Academy of Music).


An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies

Academy of Music

November 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.


Tickets are on sale now and start at $45.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts’ Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly Pops, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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